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We've been seeing a resent surge of phishing attempts with our clients. Be careful! Never give your password for your account to anyone ever. ...OK, that's hyperbole... but use caution. 99% of the time, request for you to reset your password ARE FAKE.
Wednesday, 2/7 be sure to come out to River Creek Country Club at 7:15 AM for Matt Wotring - Halo Information Systems. He will be giving a presentation - be sure to come out to support him and join us for breakfast!
Want to take your IT infrastructure to a greener-place? Halo's Cloud9 system hosts your server and desktops in a 100% renewable energy backed data center. The data center is also the world's only Tier-5 Platinum certified data center! https://www.switch.com/tier-5/
For the seventh time, Verizon employees will gather in the parking lot of the company’s Ashburn campus to collect unwanted electronics and other material for recycling. This year’s Recycling Rally will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. The event, which is free and open to area consume
New fake emails from Microsoft Office 365 look legitimate but are not! Be careful of you get one of these in your email inbox. The link looks like it goes to the correct address on the internet, but it doesn't. It's a scam-link.
Want to know what it looks like when you're hit by ransomware? Want to know what it looks like when RansomFree blocks it? Check out the video below, and download RansomFree for... well... FREE! https://ransomfree.cybereason.com/demo/
Watch how Cybereason RansomFree detects and blocks ransomware from encrypting files on a computer
Celebrity deaths scams such as Prince, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Paul Walker and Robin Williams have been used by bad guys for their own criminal purposes. Don't be a victim of these scams. Never click on links in emails or text messages promising you photographs, videos or even new information about celebrity deaths.
Don't go to unfamiliar websites to find such information because your workstation may get infected with malware or your identity stolen just by browsing the website without clicking on any links. For more information about these events, only go to reliable, reputable sites where you normally go. Remember, "Think Before You Click!"
Windows: RansomFree is a new tool that promises to stop ransomware attacks before they can get busy encrypting all of your data. Instead of watching specific processes or trying to use signatures to identify ransomware, it observes the behavior of running processes instead, warning you when somethin...
'Tis the season to go phishing! It's unfortunate, but sometimes the best way for a virus to get onto your computer is through an email with an attachment or a link that looks like it goes somewhere safe online, but it really goes to a download page for a virus. Be careful and follow a few simple tips from Consumer Reports WebWatchhttp://consumersunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/phishing.pdf
Don't be so quick to use the Free Wi-Fi at the mall. Tyson's Corner Center was ranked among the top 10 most risky when it came to free Wi-Fi that was in some way malicious. Tests showed at least 5 fake/malicious Wi-Fi signals that might be providing malware to your phone, and could possibly steal your Username and Password info. Beware Holiday Shoppers! https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/18/riskiest-shopping-malls/
As the biggest shopping weekend of the year in the US approaches, Skycure is advising shoppers to beware of mobile threats while browsing in both physical
If you want to commit the greatest conceivable act of terrorism and declare a version of war against every country on the planet, you only need to take the world offline.
Thank you to all the men and women (and their families) who serve and have served our country. We are blessed to live in a country where people are willing to make this sacrifice for our freedom. Happy Veterans Day!
WARNING: If you have a popup screen come up on your computer that says you have been infected with a virus and gives you a toll free number to call, do not call the number and give them access to your computer. This number is not Microsoft or any other legitimate company that wants to help you get rid of a virus on your computer. They are scammers and hackers that are trying to steal your personal information. If this happens to you, please reach out to Halo to make sure that your information is secure.
I'll be presenting some awesome new cloud technology for businesses this coming week! Check out the details in my video!
This coming Wednesday September 28th, I will be the keynote speaker! I'll be sharing information about using the Cloud for not only your files and websites, but for your whole computer! Please message us if you would like to be a guest to the event! https://youtu.be/z7GGWNsD7bg
Microsoft is working on bringing the best of Skype and Slack together with Skype Teams. Halo has transitioned over to using Skype for Business for all of our professional IMs in the office, but as a big Slack user I wish it had Slacks functionality! This could be a big win for MS. Not available yet, but we should see something from Microsoft soon on this. https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-working-slack-competitor-skype/
It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting q
Here's a fun/easy way to check those passwords that you've been using for a while! Think "computer1" is a good password? It'd take 4 minutes to hack. Now, "Computer One" on the other hand? That's 6 hours. https://password.kaspersky.com/
Never enter your real password. This service exists for educational purposes only — Kaspersky Lab is not storing or collecting your passwords
Seagate has a funny animation about the difference between standard, performance, and enterprise level hard drives. This goes for the whole computer system. By stuff from the local computer store, it's probably standard (not bad for home, but not meant for the office). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JORAaU95YZ8
Every drive Seagate designs has a specific job to do and that’s to reliably hold on to your data. So pick the right drive for your job because it matters. Le...
Want to know if that email from the Discover Card fraud prevention team is really legit? Just call the customer service number on the back of your credit card. NEVER follow links from emails if it seems out of the ordinary for that person/company to be giving you a link, and NEVER open any attachments if you usually don't get attachments from that person/company. Virus-free is the way to be!
Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions train participants in information security and technical skills, including things like encryption and reverse engineering. Facebook recently open-sourced its own CTF platform so you can test and develop your hacking skills.
It's Give Choose day in Northern Virginia. Give to a worthy charity. There are many of them, so pick one and give! https://www.givechoose.org/
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